Cops: Man Threatened Banks That Were Closed To Public

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  POINT PLEASANT BEACH – Police said a man threatened several bank employees in Pennsylvania and was caught in Point Pleasant Beach.

  Jose Gabriel Vega, 37, of Schnecksville, PA had allegedly banged on the windows of multiple banks in that state, screaming that he had a gun. Banks were closed to the public during the pandemic.

  On March 27, the Point Pleasant Beach police were contacted by the South Whitehall Police Department in Pennsylvania about Vega. He had fled in his vehicle and was believed to be in the Jersey shore borough.

  Point Pleasant Beach police found him in his vehicle near the northern area of the boardwalk. Vega allegedly ran from officers across the beach and went in the water. He was not found to be armed.

  Vega was charged with Obstructing by Point Pleasant Beach and Eluding by the South Whitehall Police Department.